Peter Hofschröer

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Template:EngvarB BLP sources Peter Hofschröer is a British historian who specialises in the Napoleonic Wars.


He gained a BA (Hons) in German and History from King's College London.[1]


In the 1980's, Hofschröer worked in book publishing, representing Wm Collins & Co in Europe. He then moved on to computer games publishing, representing companies such as MicroProse, Psygnosis and Interactive Magic in Germany, before joining JoWooD, an Austrian games publisher, heading up their international sales operation.[2]

His hobby is military history and he has written books and contributed articles to magazines and journals such as the BBC History magazine, Military History, War in History, the Journal of the Society of Army Historical Research, First Empire, Military Illustrated, Age of Napoleon and the Osprey Military Journal, and to the BBC History website.[3]

He has been a historical advisor to various TV companies, and to the makers of the computer game based on the Waterloo Campaign, Fields of Glory, published by MicroProse. He used to present papers at gatherings such as the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, the Wellington Congress, at the National Army Museum, Royal United Services Institute, and give talks at events such as the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and the International Napoleonic Fair.

Legal issues

Hofschröer was accused of harassing members of North Yorkshire Police, resulting in an estimated cost to the taxpayer of £400,000.[4][5] This resulted in an injunction.[6]

On 11 July 2016 Hofschröer was found guilty at Teesside Crown Court of 16 charges of possessing more than 36,000 indecent images and videos of children. The pictures and films, including some of the most serious form of sexual abuse of children, mostly featured boys aged from six to 14, and had supposedly been downloaded from the internet over at least 15 years. He received a sentence of 30 months' prison and was put on the sex offenders’ register for life.[7] During this trial his brother asserted that he made "people's lives hell" by harassing them.[8]


Sole author

Pub Date Volume Publisher
1984 Prussian Light Infantry 1792–1815 Osprey Men-at-Arms
1984 Prussian Line Infantry 1792–1815 Osprey Men-at-Arms
1985 Prussian Cavalry 1792–1807 Osprey Men-at-Arms
1985 Prussian Cavalry 1808–1815 Osprey Men-at-Arms
1987 Prussian reserve, militia & irregular troops 1806–15 Osprey Men-at-Arms
1989 Hanoverian Army of the Napoleonic Wars Osprey Men-at-Arms[9]
1993 Leipzig 1813 Osprey Campaign Series[10]
1998 1815 – The Waterloo Campaign Vol. 1
(Wellington his German Allies and the Battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras)
1999 1815 – The Waterloo Campaign Vol. 2
(The German victory, from Waterloo to the fall of Napoleon)[12]
2001 Lützen & Bautzen (1813) Osprey Campaign Series
2003 Prussian Specialist Troops 1792–1815 Osprey Men-at-Arms
2004 Wellington's Smallest Victory: The Duke, the Model Maker, and the Secret of Waterloo Faber & Faber
2005 Wellington's Smallest Victory: The Duke, the Model Maker, and the Secret of Waterloo (pbk) Faber & Faber
2005 Waterloo 1815 – Quatre Bras & Ligny Pen & Sword
2006 Waterloo 1815: Wavre & Plancenoit and the Race to Paris Pen & Sword
2011 Prussian Napoleonic Tactics 1792–1815 Osprey Elite
2014 The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine 1815 Osprey

As contributor

Pub Date Volume Publisher
1987 Napoleon's Marshals Weidenfeld & Nicholson
2000 Napoleonic Options Greenhill
2004 Dictionary of National Biography Oxford UP
2007 Encyclopaedia of the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars ABC – Clio


Carl Von Clausewitz (2010). Peter Hofschroer. ed. On Wellington: A Critique Of Waterloo. ISBN 978-0-8061-4108-4. 


  1. "Wellington's Smallest Victory". Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  3. "History – British History in depth: Waterloo: The Three Commanders". BBC. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  4. "Police taking civil action against three men claimed to be conducting 'a campaign of personal harassment'". The Press, York. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  5. "Police bid to stop harassment campaign". Whitby Gazette. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  6. "Coulson & Ors v Wilby [2014 EWHC 3404 (QB)"]. Bailli. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  7. York Press, 11 July 2016
  8. "Peter Hofschroer trial: Historian claims he had evidence about Jimmy Savile". The Press, York. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  9. "Hanoverian Army of the Napoleonic Wars, Vol. 206, Men-at-Arms Series, Bryan Fosten, Book – Barnes & Noble". Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  10. "Leipzig 1813: The Battle of the Nations: Peter Hofschröer: Books". Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  11. "Book Review: 1815: The Waterloo Campaign: Wellington, his German Allies and the Battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras (Peter Hofschröer) : MHQ". HistoryNet. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  12. awarded the 1999 Literary Award of the Napoleonic Society of America.

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